Remove an icon from Launchpad in macOS
For some reasons, you removed an App from the
Applications folder, but the App Icon still appears in the
Launchpad. When you click on that icon, it only shows the error message. That icon becomes useless.
You want to remove that icon from the
Launchpad, but you can’t right click the icon to remove it nor drag and drop it into the trash.
Here is a trick to remove it.
1. Open Terminal, run the following command
sudo find /var/folders -name com.apple.dock.launchpad
It will show you where the Launchpad folder locates.
In My Mac, it shows:
2. Open that folder
3. Open the
db folder inside
db folder, there are 3 files:
4. Open the
db file is a SQLite DB file. You can open it easily using DB Browser for SQLite, or using
sqlite3 command line (up to you).
Here it is! There is a table named
apps containing all the information of app icon in
If you are using DB Browser for SQLite, you can see its data easily. Just click Browse Data tab, choose
apps from Table.
Choose the line of the Icon you want to remove and click Delete Record.
Remember to save your changes before close.
6. Log out and log in back
Check if it works!